BEHIND STAINED GLASS

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How many “layers” of doors do you have to enter to get into your church sanctuary? Probably at least two, maybe three or more-exterior, lobby, at least.  Can anyone peek in and see what is going on in your sanctuary?

I remembering when on-lookers sat on the car fenders where they could get a view of what went on inside our little church.  I also remember when our church raised enough money to put in stained glass windows. Well, they may have been prettier, but looking back I see a stronger divide being put up between “churched” and “un-churched.”

It is touted as a “doctrine of the Constitution” that we are to believe our “religious practices” are fine and dandy just as long as we keep them to ourselves. After all, there is separation of church and state! How the devil must snicker at some of his schemes!

About 25 years ago, I was driving up MacArthur Ave where a lone “Bible thumper” was yelling his lungs out trying to “convert” the sinner. Kristina asked what he was doing. I somewhat explained.

I didn’t tell her but I knew he was an embarrassment to us more moderate Christians.

Some time later we passed that corner again. Kristina asked, “Where is the Bible man?” A seed sown in soft soil. Thank you, Bible man.

By the way, I see online that recent years have brought death to many Christians.  Thanks, Bible men and women—faithful unto mockery, scorn, and death.  Martyrs.  People who took their stand for Jesus in open windows, not hidden behind the stained glass.  

That reminds me of Daniel.  Why did he pray in his window?  God could have heard him if he had stayed behind the wall.  Any ideas?

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WHEN SPARROWS SANG -ALTAR

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Twenty-some years ago I wrote a manuscript called “When Sparrows Sang.”  It consisted of memories of singing songs in the churches I attended the first half of my life.  Basically relating to hymn singing or southern gospel songs sung by people like me – a sparrow, not a meadowlark or canary and getting paid to sing was unheard of!

This is a snippet of that manuscript.  By the way, I warn you that I can be a bit controversial. You might find some mischief in me when I share my snippets from When Sparrows Sang.

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SINGING DURING “ALTAR TIME”. In case some youngun’ wonders what I’m talking about, maybe I should explain an altar. It was a wooden bench, and it was as close to the Ark of the Covenant as we could get. No child was to climb on one; neither should one pull it over to the wall to stand on for painting. Something about cherubim and seraphim watching over it. 

Psalm 26:6 David said “…(I) go about your altar, O Lord, proclaiming aloud your praise…”  Our church altar was for praising, crying, repenting and for urgent prayer – sometimes even speaking in tongues or groaning in the spirit.  The place to lay your heavy burdens down.  

While pray-ers prayed, the piano player played. The music wasn’t needed so badly in order to fill up time.  The Aunt Mollys in the group were praying and there was no uncomfortable time to fill up. Aunt Molly was a jewel of a pray-er.  But as some of the less effective, or more effective as you see it, pray-ers got through praying, they liked to do something to keep the mood going, so they went up to the piano and sang whatever suited the occasion.  Songs like I Surrender All – Jesus, Use Me – He Washed My Eyes with Tears – I Am Thine, Oh Lord – I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go, Dear Lord.  

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Those were the pre-TV days as I said before here  when one let the Lord have more than his allotted hour.

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LIAR MEETS LIAR

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Divorced, thirty-six years old, three children and nearly penniless, Ilene worried over the imponderibilia awaiting her if she could not quickly find a husband.

After taking the kids to her mom, Ilene stood before her mirror, rubbing her hands one more time over her shining black hair to remove all traces of tangles.  She leaned forward for a better look in the mirror to search for flaws or baggy eyes caused by a sleepless night.  She could not afford to be negligent in any way.  In her singles profile, she had claimed to be an up and coming  twenty-eight-year-old career woman.

She was expecting a scintillating evening with Howard.  He was a great conversationalist – at least he writing made him seem so.  He was extremely good looking – at least his profile picture was.  He had plenty of money – at least his villa, car, and boat indicated so.  He was extremely confident – at least the repartee shown online seemed so.

Even the wind chimes sounded a happy tune as she awaited her online suitor.  She glanced out the window showing poise expected in a successful single lady.

Oh, no!  Just when she thought everything was ready, there was an old man walking up to her door.  Probably a bill collector.  Thinking to get rid of him fast, she opened the door.  “I’m Howard,” he stammered hesitantly as he reached a timid hand out to her.

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Challenge by mindlovemiserysmenagerie to use these words:  rub, tangle, scintillate, search, wind chime, alone, traces, poise, negligent, imponderabilia, mirror, everything.

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2020/01/13/wordle-163-2/

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HANG WITH ME, DEAR FRIEND

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HANG WITH ME, DEAR FRIEND

THIS IS BELIEVE:  I BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY ONE CAN ENTER HEAVEN.  I BELIEVE THE HOLY BIBLE TEACHES THAT MATURE ADULTS MUST CHOOSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE JESUS AS LORD AND  THAT ACCEPTING HIS SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS, IS THE ONLY WAY TO ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN.

THEN WHAT SHALL I DO?  NEVER DISCUSS THE SUBJECT?  PRETEND I DON’T CARE?

I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS LOVE, THAT JESUS CAME TO SHOW GOD’S LOVE, THAT CHRISTIANS ARE TO SHOW LOVE TO OTHERS.

SINCE I REALLY BELIEVE THE BIBLE AND BELIEVE CHRISTIANITY IS THE ONLY WAY TO SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN, DO I SHOW MY LOVE TO YOU BY NOT TELLING YOU?

I love chatting with you.  I love meeting challenges with you.  I love hearing your stories, jokes, poems.  I love your creativeness and ability to “weave fancies into verse.”  I love your family stories, your cooking recipes,  your medical advice, your photographs, your poetry.  I love you.  I care.  I care enough to risk your leaving me because I want to spent time in Heaven with you.

In twelve days I will be eighty-six years old for goodness sake! I don’t have all that much more time to put off telling you I want to shake your hand and hug your neck in our eternal lives!  – And Jesus is the Way.  Smiling at you, dear friends.

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“weaving fancies into verse” Mary Lathbury

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FLARE UPS

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The fire was subdued.

Much like unresolved anger,

Hidden flames smoulter.

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Thanks to Pixabay for image.

Thank you, Ronovan, for hosting this challenge.

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I HAVE A LONGING

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The following section was from 2014 (a Face Book status).  Still timely for me.  Churches are still into Live Big, Love Long, You’re Blessed, Friendship Avenue, Unity Forever, We’re the Loudest.  And especially “You gotta love yourself first!”

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Oh, dear, tomorrow is the second Sunday of January and nobody has asked my advice for a 2014 theme for their church. I so much wanted to be consulted! I was all ready to say – let’s blaze new trails and go to something like “repent and be baptized” or “trust and obey” or “stand up and walk straight” or “confess your sins and make restoration.”

Well, there’s always next year. But if any of you know a church that has leanin’s toward the above suggestions, please let me know. There are probably lots of sinners who would love a place like that. Brings me to another suggestion, “come in and be made clean.” (Maybe I should hold this until after my birthday – they say eighty year olds can get by with anything!) Happy 2014 to all!

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Now it’s 2020 and I’m 12 days from eighty-six.  I still have longings – longings to know a church where one can go and not have to compete with the clock.  One where there is singing, praying, testimonies, specials songs, preaching, altar calls, sitting in the presence of Jesus with his power washing over your soul.  The tears begin and someone might even jump with an enthusiastic shout of joy.  Or someone begins a song:  Sweep over my soul, sweep over my soul, Sweet Spirit, sweep over my soul.  My joy is complete, while I sit at your feet, Sweet Spirit, sweep over my soul.

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Yesterday right here in this chair where I’m sitting now, That Holy Spirit fell upon me.  The peace and joy were overwhelming.  It was so wonderful.  But I so wanted to share that moment with someone else.

This morning I read several scriptures in the Psalms (somewhere about chapters 25-30) where David talks about praising God in the tabernacle.  I have such a longing to praise Him with others who are willing to sit in silence past 12:00 Sunday morning.  Or even on Sunday nights, even past eight o’clock….

Not many remember what worship was Pre-TV – Pre-Sunday Night Football – Pre-Sunday Night Movie – back when churches had Sunday Night Church.

 

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COLORS SERENE

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Brook of classic blue

Mid’st fern green of mossy walls

Skilled Master Painter

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Image:  Pixabay

Thanks to Ronovan for the haiku challenge to use the words “moss” and “brook.”  Tourmaline hosts Color Your World with the first color of the year – fern.

Ronovan and Tourmaline are two great challenge hosts.  Add them to your “to do” list for the year.  You’ll love it.

https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/01/06/weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-brookmoss/

https://toy.photography/2020/01/07/color-your-world-fern-3/

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FELLOW CHRISTIAN BLOGGERS

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Mary Lathbury, composer of the hymn “Break Thou the Bread of Life,” said of her own talent, that God said to her “Remember, my child, that you have a gift of weaving fancies into verse and a gift with the pencil of producing visions that come to your heart; consecrate these to Me as thoroughly as you do your inmost spirit.”

As I ended my last blog, “Do’s and Donts,” Saturday, I said I would be back – probably.  I want to add an important “Do” for Christian folks like me who believe their blog is a ministry tool for spreading news of Jesus.

If blogging is your ministry, don’t let statistics discourage you.  If only one person reads you in a day or week that can make a lot of difference.  Is there one of us who does not want more readers? God’s will might be for you to reach one reader who needs to know that Jesus is the Way to Eternal Life.

Remember when he moved Phillip through space bodily to reach one person. (Acts 8:26)  You probably will not fly through the air, but you words will.  I only get discouraged when I compare my readers with others.  That is not God’s doings!  But it is very encouraging when I see that my page “God, my Healer” had 2587 views last year.  If my blog is for nothing else, this is reason for having it!  There have been seven today.  I have no idea where these readers come from.  But that kind of stat does not appear on any thing else.  I doubt that I have more than 150 readers on any other post.,

Now go back to Mary Lathbury and her hymn “Break Thou the Bread of Life,” and her statement about “weaving fancies into verse.”  Probably all writers would love to have that said of them, but the most important part of her statement is “to consecrate these (your words) to Me ,,, thoroughly…” and keep plugging away with me one post at a time.  Have faith that at least one will land where it needs to land – maybe even in another country in a carriage with a confused person who needs just your post right then!

 

 

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SOME DO’S AND DON’TS

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TO MY BLOGGING FRIENDS AND OTHER DROP-INS, FRIENDS IN THE MAKING.

Some of you, as do I, believe that we are providing a ministry to the Lord by our efforts here on Word Press.  Others are interested in helping others by sharing their own story, information, and/or advice.  Others are endeavoring to promote books, business, or other merchandise.  Some want to rant.  Others are looking for entertainment or friendship.  And some are doing all of the above.

Whatever your motivation I say welcome to my space.  I do a lot of “likes,” because I like a lot.  I do “likes” for many reasons:  Outstanding ideas, Fantastic content, Creative style, Agreement, Original thoughts, Unique poetry, Inspirational encouragement, Terrific Vocabulary, Picturesque talent, and other stuff that hits my fancy.   My “likes” do not mean I agree, I might or I might not.  If I do not I might say so in the comments section.  I “like” even though a blog is not grammatically correct because I encourage effort, besides I do not know a person’s background.  Perhaps English is not their native tongue.  I like anyone who tries a second language, even if it is not perfected.  It is more than I can do!

I love comments.  I’m not alone in that.  I like interaction with bloggers and make friends that way.  Answering comments is my first priority. If I am days behind on reading and have to delete, I scan to be sure I have found my “Comments” responders.

Now what I don’t do.  I do not continue more than a few days with people who use profanity except if I feel that God wants me to minister to that person in spite of the way I cringe. Most often profanity is just used to add emphasis, shock, ignorance or laziness because a writer doesn’t care to use a proper vocabulary to express their thoughts.

I seldom follow bloggers who write long blogs, more than 800 to a thousand words.  I might scan long articles, and I might leave a “like” but not often.  It might be my age, but I doubt it.  Mostly it takes too much time and/or I lose focus.  I never leave “likes” if I do not read – or as I said, scan long articles.  There are a few of you reading this who write long blogs, so you know I can be snagged even though the blog is long.  I even thoroughly read some instead of scanning!

You will find that I write a variety of styles and subjects.  I love poetry: Dr. Seuss style, nursery rhyme style, limericks, or prose with rhyming and alliteration.  I don’t try prose poetry probable because I don’t have a knack for it.

Welcome to my blog.  I appreciate your visit, reading, and commenting.  Please leave me something to let me know you have been here.  Almost every day I have about thirty percent more views than visits and I have about three times as many visits as likes.  No problem there except that I cannot read everybody’s blogs.   I try to get everybody read at least three times a week but that is beginning to be impossible for me, so I have to delete.  I do not want to delete my readers, so please let me know if you are there/here.  😀

Five hundred forty-eight words.  I’m stopping because you are also busy and have too many to read.  See you tomorrow probably!

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THE UN-DOING HAS BEGUN

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On previous years I have seen bloggers tagging JusJoJan but didn’t catch on to the challenge.  This year I found it.  Thanks, Linda.  Be sure to check link below if you are in the dark about JusJoJan.  January 2nd prompt was to use a picture taken in the last week.  So this is my timely offering.

Now that Jesus is tucked away,***

We tuck away the Christmas tree.

Ninety percent off on this day,

Almost as good as getting stuff free!

Roger and ReNee do the work,

I go to the store and go beserk!

All those pretties awaited me,

Five hundred thirty dollars worth for just fifty three!

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***https://onetahayes.com/2019/12/30/jesus-has-been-tucked-away/

 

https://lindaghill.com/2020/01/02/daily-prompt-jusjojan-the-2nd-2020/

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